Beth Shrubsole at Groundwater Aged Persons Complex in Granville wears one of the therapeutic aprons.
Beth Shrubsole at Groundwater Aged Persons Complex in Granville wears one of the therapeutic aprons. Valerie Horton

Activity aprons helping people in Granville with dementia

ALZHEIMER'S Australia has praised Queensland organisation PresCare for its pioneering activity apron program, aimed at supporting dementia patients.

Maryborough's Groundwater Lodge in Granville uses the aprons as a tool to keep people with dementia mentally and physically active.

The innovative aprons feature pockets, zippers, buttons and shiny objects dementia patients can use to keep alert and help relieve restlessness.

Groundwater Lodge care manager Steve Leggett said the lodge had been looking for activities to help its dementia residents.

He said some dementia sufferers engaged in behaviours such as removal of clothing and fidgeting.

"Activity aprons are designed to provide different tactile, auditory and visual stimuli giving people with dementia opportunities to do familiar activities, such as fastening and unfastening zippers," he said.

"We've been using them for over a year now and have had some great results."

Dementia behaviour consultant with Alzheimer's Australia Teresa Chorazyczewski said the aprons helped manage some common behaviours.

"Activity aprons can be used as a calming tool, helping encourage a person to engage in a quiet sit-down activity," she said.

"The aprons provide a regular mental workout and keep the hands busy."



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